Birthdays are important days in the lives of most people. They are marked with celebrations and ceremonies, frequently parties and sometimes parades. Our records are filed using our date of birth. Ask anyone their birthday and they normally respond quickly and with confidence. Birthdays are important.
One of the great figures in history however did not know the day he was born. It was “sometime just before Christmas” but he did not know the exact date. He was his mother’s eighteenth child, born prematurely and to the family seemed more dead than alive. For two months he did not open his eyes or even cry.
But he was well aware of his second birthday – the date of his “new birth” in Christ. On the first anniversary of his conversion he wrote, “O for a thousand tongues to sing, My great Redeemer’s praise.” Charles Wesley became a leader in the Methodist Church in England, wrote over 6,000 hymns, founded a journal and served God faithfully all of his life.
Although it is important to be remembered and recognized by others on our birthday, it is more that important to be recognized by God on our “second birthday,” the day of we become a child in God’s family.
Jesus said, “Unless you are born again you can never see the Kingdom of God.”
Prayer: We thank You, Father, for the opportunity to become children in Your family when we accept Christ as our Savior and You as our Lord. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: John 3:3-7 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”